Annual Catalogue

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Stampin Creative Blog Hop - Sneak Peek

Hello, welcome to the Stampin' Creative Blog Hop. This month's theme is Sneak Peek, we give you a glimpse into the colourful world of our new annual catalogue which is released on the 1st June. By the way, if you want a copy and don't yet have one, please get in touch, I'll be happy to help!
If you've hopped here from Kim's blog, having been given an inspirational shake to your creative senses, or started the hop here, it's good to have you visit!
In our preorder we get to choose from a small selection of new products, some of us were also lucky to win goodies at the recent Onstage event.
You may have already seen one of our new In Colours - Dapper Denim - on the turtle easel card I made for World Turtle Day (, a fabulous blue and such a useful shade!
My first card is using the new Flirty Flamingo In Colour. On this I've mounted black card which has a piece of DSP from our new Playful Palette stack attached. The easel is one of the stamps in the Painters Palette set. Rather than use a stamp in the centre of the easel I've chosen to pen a motivational quote. This 'empty' space is great for so many things - write or stamp a greeting, stamp an image, add a photo or an embellishment. The paint palette is punch art using the large oval punch. Onto this I've stuck small punched circles of each new In Colour to resemble paint.

The following card is made with another of our new In Colours - Sweet Sugarplum, which I've embossed with the Large Polka Dot folder. The flower embellishment is made from one of our new embossing folders (there are 2 in the pack) called Floral Affection. It's been inked then with Sweet Sugarplum and Emerald Envy ink, embossed onto white card and cut out. The sentiment is from the stamps in the Oh Happy Day Card Kit and has been embossed with copper embossing powder. The flowers have Wink of Stella on them but it doesn't show i the photos.
Coordinating treat bag, with a little thick white bakers twine added. The sentiment is from Pop of Paradise stamp set.

I don't always choose Hostess sets, but they are such good value items for a hostess to purchase from her Stampin' Rewards. The Hostess set I've used below is called Pun Intended. There are 3 picture stamps in this set, each has a few coordinating sentiments to enable you to ring the changes. I'm showing you just one today.
The light bulb has been finished with Crystal Effects (eeking out the last drops now that this item has retired!).
I hope my post has given you a couple of ideas, thank you for visiting. Now to hop on to Emma's blog, which is sure to inspire you, click on the link below or on her name.
Here is a list of participating blogs:
Blog Hop List

  • Louise at Stampin' Delight

  • Caroline at Craft with Caro

  • Eimear at StampinColour

  • Kim at Simply Fairies

  • Lesley at Lelly Jelly's Stamp N' Scrap

  • Emma at Coastal Crafter

  • Sarah at Stamp with Sarah
  • Thursday, 26 May 2016

    Sharing Swaps

    A quick post today to share with you the swaps I received in Telford.As I didn't have any general swaps of my own I was very fortunate to receive them from others. But, you know, our demo's are a friendly bunch! Whenever I have swaps I don't expect one in return and am happy to share - but it was nice to be on the receiving end  at Onstage.
    The first is a bookmark by Cary Buckham
    Baby Pea Pod Flower by Rosie at Occasional Papercraft
    Bright bird by Em Howells
    Naturals butterfly by Rhoda Macpherson
    This next swap is by Lesley Gillett and is in support of Parkinsons. It was given in a toning Parkinsons bag with a little gift inside.
    The card opens to reveal the gift...
    A flower impregnated with cornflower seeds.
    With a little informative note
    The flower even looks like one of our stamps!
    Happy wishes from Sue Bridge.
     Clean take on a tropical flower card from Sharon Davidson.
     Artistic heart card from Eimear Carville
     ... also decorated inside!
     Useful bookmark from Fiona Harris
     Crisp thank you card from Andrea Nicholls
    This was part of my team gift from my upline, Natalie. Hidden inside was a pot of sequins. Forgot to post this on my Telford post!
    Lastly, two little cute 3D items. The tall box from contains scented tealights, The pouch is a sewing kit from Joanne Penney and was given to each of our team who attended Centrestage.

    I think you'll have found plenty to inspire you there! Hope you've enjoyed your visit today. Do stop by again soon!

    Monday, 23 May 2016

    World Turtle Day 2015

    Today, May 23rd, is World Turtle Day. A day to bring awareness of turtles and tortoise.

    In honour of this I'm sharing the video above (sorry it overlaps the sidebar, the link is playing nicely!). I'm also sharing my latest turtle card too! An easel card using two of my favourite stamp sets - From Land to Sea and By the Tide.
    It's not a brilliant photo, the turtle does look a little fuzzy but that could be because he's behind acetate which, in real life, gives the effect of being behind glass.
    The base card is a little sneak peek, it's the super new Dapper Denim which is one of the new 2016-2018 In Colours.
    I hope you like my card, do feel free to comment.

    Saturday, 21 May 2016

    Happy Mail

    I received some lovely cards for my birthday this month. A
    good number of them were handmade so I'd like to share them with you.
    I'll just give you the names of each sender as I'd need the thesaurus to find so many words to describe them!
    The first is from Lisa Francis
    Pat Stubbs...

    Charry Wijers...
    Marilyn Hills...
     Nikki Acton...
    Lesley Boyle...
    Fiona Gardener...
     Jo Page...
    Karen Hewitt...
     Maria Gamblin...
    All the way from Australia - Cheryl Algie...
    ...the inside of Cheryl's is decorated too

    Lesley Gillett...
     Cathryn Perkins...
    Tamara Greiner, also all the way from Australia!
    Lots of different stamps,style,techniques to inspire you! I do hope you've enjoyed stopping by today!

    Thursday, 19 May 2016


    Some of you might not know that I'm a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I love making handmade cards with their great products!
    The lovely team at Stampin' Up! HQ have challenged demonstrators worldwide to hold an extra event in June to celebrate the New catalogue and to share our love of crafting. I've been challenged to ask my friends if they would like to gather their friends together for some stamping fun at a home party. We can do it at your house or in my stamping room, it will be fun and no experience necessary! I have a gift of 5 handmade cards plus a stamp pad and a stamp for the first 3 people to say yes in the next 24 hours. Can you help me out with today's assignment? If you would like to help me with the challenge in the month of June, message me in person, or comment here and I will get in touch.

    Telford Make & Take's

    As many of you will know, apart from swaps, we often do a 'Make and Take', and recently did so at our Onstage event in Telford.
    Before I show you the 'makes', let me tell you that you need to read to the end for a chance to win one of our new embossing folders!
    Today I'm sharing the three cards that we made. All are using new product.
    The first is showing a piece from one of our new DSP packs. 
    The base card is Mint Macaron and, as one of our 2015 - 2017 In Colours, it is still current. The white card shows off one new embossing folder which comes in a pack of two different folders called Floral Affection. The DSP is a sheet from another new item, Affectionately Yours speciality designer paper.
    The next card is a fun shaker card. We've made construction of this soooo easy with the new Foam Adhesive Strips. No more cutting up Stampin' Dimensions!
    The greeting is from Confetti Celebration and the confetti sprinkles inside the card are made using the Sprinkles Punch (along with sequins). Yes, they're more another new items!
    The final card today I'm showing in three photos. It's from a kit called Oh Happy Day. 
    The kit gives you pretty much everything you need to complete 20 cards, including the stamps, ink and block. Just add your own adhesive and you're good to go. Great for travelling on the move and vacations.
    It's a pretty but contemporary kit. This particular card is printed on 3 sides, as I'll endeavour to show you in the next photo...
    There are 13 photopolymer stamps in the set which cover a variety of occasions. I've started to use my set of stamps on other cards too. You'll spot some of them on the cards in this months Just for Fun classes.
    All in all a great buy, works out at around £1.50 per card with stamps and ink thrown in!
    Am I starting to whet your appetite for the goodies that fill the new catalogue??? It will go live on 1st June. If you'd like a copy, contact me!
    Leave a comment below if you'd like the chance to win the Floral Affection embossing folder. Comments will be added to those on my facebook page and a name drawn from the hat on 7th June! ***Please note: UK entries only.

    Monday, 16 May 2016


    Stopping by today with a few more of the cards I sent recently in the #imbringingbirthdaysback campaign.
    You have to love a birthday balloon, especially when it's 'blinged'. I coloured some glimmer card with ink on two of the balloons, to tie in with the lush ribbon...
    Smaller bow on the next one, tiny bit more stamping, giving a softer outline...
    Love that the balloon image appears surrounded by confetti. The extra stamping seems to 'pull in' the DSP  to the stamped image..
    I fell in love with this DSP rather late in the season, Sorry to see it retire, but put to good use here with coordinating card and sequins.
    More of the fabulous DSP. The candle flame is actually the bird wing on our bird builder punch. The candle and flame are both covered in crystal effects to make it 3D. I will definitely mourn the loss of this product!
    Some more DSP put to good use in this vellum 'porthole' style card. Just that little bit different!
    My final card on this post was sent to Shannon West to celebrate her birthday on the 13th of May. Shannon lives in the US, is one of the Stampin' Up! team and the founder of our #imbringingbirthdaysback, so how could we miss celebrating her birthday!
    I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's card share. I've plenty more to bring you, so stop by again soon!
    Feel free to comment, should you wish!